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Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake
Ring-shaped cakes and other baked goods symbolize wholeness and the completion of a full year's cycle. In Greece, there's vasilopita, a round, anise-flavored cake with a coin hidden inside; in Mexico, they make rosca de reyes, a sweet, ring-shaped bread that's studded with dried fruit and baked with a tiny figurine of baby Jesus inside; and a long-held Dutch tradition is to feast on puffy, doughnut-like fritters called oliebollen, which are filled with apples and raisins and dusted with powdered sugar. –

Start your own family tradition of good luck cakes with this lemon poppy seed recipe.

  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds 
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package lemon cake mix
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs

  1. Soak poppy seeds in milk for 2 hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 inch Bundt pan.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together cake mix and pudding mix. Make a well in the center and pour in water, oil, and eggs. Beat on low speed until blended. Scrape bowl, and beat 4 minutes on medium speed. Blend in poppy seed mixture. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

Makes: 20 servings (1 slice)

Per serving: 
249 Calories, 12.9 g fat, 29.9 g carbohydrates, 0.5 g fiber, 4 g protein

Adapted from All Recipes
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